Well-known superyacht BLUE SHADOW, worth between R200million- R300million, has been attached by the Western Cape High Court, according to weekend media reports. The 66m vessel is currently berthed at the V&A where she has been undergoing repairs.

A write of execution issued last week directed the sheriff of the Court to attach the vessel and prepare for a judicial auction to raise almost R40-million – the amount payable to South African businessman Daniel Janse van Rensburg who successfully sued Equatorial Guinea vice President Teodorin Obiang.

Obiang is reportedly challenging the damages claim, which relates to Janse van Rensburg’s 18-month prison ordeal in Equatorial Guinea’s notorious Black Beach prison. Janse van Rensburg claims Obiang was partly responsible for his imprisonment, a claim the politician has consistently rejected.

Although the vessel has been linked to Obiang, the vessel is registered in the name of a private company and it is currently unclear who will contest the attachment, or whether the Equatorial Guinea government will step in to resolve the dispute.

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